Every job seeker knows it can be a tough task landing that dream job. It might take months and sometimes years before you finally reach the promise land of your career dreams.

In this article, we will be outlining steps you can take to increase your chances of getting there faster.

Below are a few things you can do to make you situate yourself in the right places and stand out as the ideal candidate for the job.

4 steps to getting your dream job in a competitive market

  1. Do Your Research

Before you start surfing the web and blasting out your resume, you need to first do proper research about the role you would like to apply for. It is vital to know the following steps to make sure you cover all corners.

  • Find out about the company or companies you are interested in and the specific job role.
  • Tailor your resume to suit the role highlighting the relevant qualifications the suit the role
  • Connect with someone on the inside. Having a connection can be as easy as requesting on LinkedIn or even paying a visit and talking to someone at their break time.
  1. Write an Attention-Grabbing Resume

Your resume is your first contact with your prospective new employer and should sell you at first glance. When it comes to putting your best foot forward, your resume can lend a hand to make you stand out in the sea of applicants seeking that same job role.

Some important things you should highlight on your resume will include;

Work Experience – a very important section showing relevant and applicable knowledge you have acquired. Start form the most recent position to your current or last job role.

Skillset – this is where you list your unique abilities that help you carry out your duties efficiently. These skillset vary in types such as Interpersonal, Creative thinking, Computer and even Language skills. After doing your research you should be aware of the necessary skills your prospective employer will look out for and highlight them.

Objective Statement – you can view this as a brief mission statement. Try to tailor your objective to the related position you are applying for highlighting the relevant skills you’ve acquired and how you’ll put them to use.

  1. Get An Online Profile

The game has long been changed to the online space. Recruiters, companies and candidates are all looking for and getting found online so it makes perfect sense to follow suit. Having an online profile greatly improves your chances of landing that so desired career opportunity.

A very effective tool is LinkedIn, having over 575 million users it is the number one platform for businesses and professionals.

  1. Get Networking

After Setting up your online profile, make sure you’re seeking connections that are related to your niche. Studying your connections and their profiles will give you strong insight to the companies they work for. You also get to find out what growth pattern they went through to reach their current status.

Networking is a key ingredient to referrals and gaining mentors. You can ask question and get directions to your ideal career path.

Putting all these steps into play can greatly improve your dream job, in a competitive market. It takes a little effort but the rewards far-reaching. Research, a sound and well-written resume, getting found online and finally connecting with the right contacts will see you in the right job role you can excel in. Good luck!